Book Club Kits



Expand the options your book club has through CALS Book Club Kits, made possible by Friends of the Central Arkansas Library (FOCAL). Request a kit to be sent to your branch for pickup. Kits contain copies of a title and a discussion guide, and can be checked out for six weeks. Click on the tabs below for available book titles.

What is a CALS Book Club Kit?

A book club kit is a handy canvas tote that holds:

  • 10 paperback copies of one title and;
  • 1 discussion guide to assist book club leaders.

How do I reserve a CALS Book Club kit?

  1. Download and complete the Book Club Registration Form, then deliver or mail it to any branch of the Central Arkansas Library System.

What rules apply to a CALS Book Club Kit?

  • Kits may be reserved up to a year in advance
  • Kits are checked out to one person (must be 18 years or older) who will be responsible for returning it.
  • Each book club kit will be checked out for 6 weeks. (Sorry, no renewals are allowed.)
  • The complete kit must be returned to the Circulation Desk of any branch library during regular library hours. Do not use a book drop to return your kit.
  • The fine for overdue book club kits is $1 per day per kit.
  • If a kit is not returned, the replacement cost is $100. Replacement costs will be prorated for missing or damaged items.

Are there special requirements for the Juvenile/YA book kits?

We only require that an adult (18+) check out each book kit. Adult book clubs as well as book clubs for children and teens are encouraged to consider the award-winning literature offered through our Juvenile/YA book kit program.

As with all books your club selects, we recommend that a member of your group reads the book to see if it is a good fit for your club. To find out more about any selection, click "Check Library Catalog" below to view each CALS online catalog record.

All the Missing Girls, by Megan Miranda

All the Missing Girls
by Megan Miranda

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Ten years after leaving Cooley Ridge, Nicolette Farrell returns to care for her ailing father. A decade ago, she, her brother Daniel, her boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne's boyfriend Jackson were suspects when Corinne – Nic's best friend – disappeared without a trace. Within days of Nic's return, they are plunged into a shocking drama when Nic's neighbor Annaleise, who is dating Tyler and was the group's alibi ten years previously, goes missing. Told backwards from the time Annaleise disappears, the book follows Nic as she works to unravel the truth and, in the process, reveals shocking realities about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande

Being Mortal
by Atul Gawande

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Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families of the terminally ill.

Belgravia, by Julian Fellowes

Belgravia
by Julian Fellowes

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1815, the eve of the Battle of Waterloo. At the Duchess of Richmond's ball, one family's life will change forever; for Sophie Trenchard, this night will change everything. Twenty-five years later, as the upper echelons of society begin to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, the true repercussions of that moment will be felt. And there are those who would prefer the secrets of the past to remain buried…

Boys in the Boat, by Daniel J. Brown

The Boys in the Boat
by Daniel J. Brown

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Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of such contributors as their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder and a homeless teen rower.

Circling the Sun, by Paula McLain

Circling the Sun
by Paula McLain

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Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman, Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, author of the classic memoir Out of Africa. Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature's delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships. Beryl forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her uncommon style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set, a decadent, bohemian community of European expats who also live and love by their own set of rules. But it's the ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart. The intensity of their love reveals Beryl's truest self and her fate: to fly.

Claire of the Sea Light, by Edwidge Danticat

Claire of the Sea Light
by Edwidge Danticat

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Claire Limyé Lanmé, Claire of the Sea Light, is an enchanting child born into love and tragedy in Ville Rose, Haiti. Claire's mother died in childbirth, and on each of her birthdays Claire is taken by her father, Nozias, to visit her mother's grave. Nozias wonders if he should give away his young daughter to a local shopkeeper, who lost a child of her own, so that Claire can have a better life. But on the night of Claire's seventh birthday, when at last he makes the wrenching decision to do so, she disappears. As Nozias and others look for her, painful secrets, haunting memories, and startling truths are unearthed among the community of men and women whose individual stories connect to Claire, to her parents, and to the town itself. Told with piercing lyricism and the economy of a fable, Claire of the Sea Light is a tightly woven, breathtaking tapestry that explores what it means to be a parent, child, neighbor, lover, and friend, while revealing the mysterious bonds we share with the natural world and with one another.

Dead Wake, by Erik Larson

Dead Wake
by Erik Larson

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Presents a 100th-anniversary chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania that discusses the factors that led to the tragedy and the contributions of such figures as President Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat and architect Theodate Pope Riddle.

Dispatches from Pluto, by Richard Grant

Dispatches from Pluto
by Richard Grant

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Richard Grant and his girlfriend were living in a shoebox apartment in New York City when they decided on a whim to buy an old plantation house in the Mississippi Delta. Dispatches from Pluto is their journey of discovery into this strange and wonderful American place. Imagine A Year In Provence with alligators and assassins, or Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil with hunting scenes and swamp-to-table dining.

On a remote, isolated strip of land, three miles beyond the tiny community of Pluto, Richard and Mariah embark on a new life. They learn to hunt, grow their own food, and fend off alligators, snakes, and varmints galore. They befriend an array of unforgettable local characters blues legend T-Model Ford, cookbook maven Martha Foose, catfish farmers, eccentric millionaires, and the actor Morgan Freeman. Grant brings an adept, empathetic eye to the fascinating people he meets, capturing the rich, extraordinary culture of the Delta, while tracking its utterly bizarre and criminal extremes. Reporting from all angles as only an outsider can, Grant also delves deeply into the Delta's lingering racial tensions. He finds that de facto segregation continues. Yet even as he observes major structural problems, he encounters many close, loving, and interdependent relationships between black and white families and good reasons for hope.

Everyone Brave is Forgiven, by Chris Cleave

Everyone Brave is Forgiven
by Chris Cleave

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London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war, until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she'd be a marvelous spy. When she is, bewilderingly, made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. Set in London during the years of 1939-1942, when citizens had slim hope of survival, much less victory; and on the strategic island of Malta, which was daily devastated by the Axis barrage, Everyone Brave is Forgiven features little-known history and a perfect wartime love story inspired by the real-life love letters between Chris Cleave's grandparents.

Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You
by Celeste Ng

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Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet. So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue-in Marilyn's case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James's case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party. When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia's older brother, Nathan, is certain that the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it's the youngest of the family-Hannah-who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened.

Flight of Dreams, by Ariel Lawhon

Flight of Dreams
by Ariel Lawhon

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On the evening of May 3rd, 1937, ninety-seven people board the Hindenburg for its final, doomed flight to Lakehurst, New Jersey. Among them are a frightened stewardess who is not what she seems; the steadfast navigator determined to win her heart; a naive cabin boy eager to earn a permanent spot on the world's largest airship; an impetuous journalist who has been blacklisted in her native Germany; and an enigmatic American businessman with a score to settle. Over the course of three hazy, champagne-soaked days their lies, fears, agendas, and hopes for the future are revealed.

Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles

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A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Highest Duty: My Search for what Really Matters, by Chesley Sullenberger

Highest Duty: My Search for what Really Matters
by Chesley Sullenberger

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Airline pilot Captain "Sully" Sullenberger tells his life story, including his perspective on the emergency landing on the Hudson River that earned him the world's admiration, and offers insight on the essential qualities – leadership, responsibility and service – that he believes have been vital to his success.

The Hours Count, by Jillian Cantor

The Hours Count
by Jillian Cantor

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A tale based on the story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, the only Americans put to death for espionage during the Cold War, traces the experiences of their friend and neighbor, who takes in the couple's young sons when they are arrested by the FBI in 1950.

In the Woods, by Tana French

In the Woods
by Tana French

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Twenty years after witnessing the violent disappearances of two companions from their small Dublin suburb, detective Rob Ryan investigates a chillingly similar murder that takes place in the same wooded area, a case that forces him to piece together his traumatic memories.

The Indifferent Stars Above, by Daniel J. Brown

The Indifferent Stars Above
by Daniel J. Brown

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A chronicle of the mid-nineteenth-century wagon train tragedy draws on the perspectives of one of its survivors, Sarah Graves, recounting how her new husband and she joined the Donner party on their California-bound journey and encountered violent perils, in an account that also offers insight into the scientific reasons that some died while others survived.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest, by J. Ryan Stradal

Kitchens of the Great Midwest
by J. Ryan Stradal

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When Lars Thorvald's wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine, and a dashing sommelier, he's left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He's determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter, starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva's journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that's a testament to her spirit and resilience. Each chapter in J. Ryan Stradal's startlingly original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity.

A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove
by Fredrik Backman

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Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell." But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.

Missoula: Rape & the Justice System in a College Town, by Jon Krakauer

Missoula: Rape & the Justice System in a College Town
by Jon Krakauer

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Chronicles the experiences of several women in Missoula, Montana, who claimed to be raped by University of Montana football players, highlighting the inequities of the law in regard to rape allegations and the treatment of rape victims and perpetrators.

Ordinary Grace, by William K. Krueger

Ordinary Grace
by William K. Krueger

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Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his thirteenth year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community.

Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger

Peace Like a River
by Leif Enger

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Raised on tales of cowboys and pirates, eleven-year-old Reuben Land has little doubt that miracles happen all around us, and that it's up to us to "make of it what we will." Reuben was born with no air in his lungs, and it was only when his father, Jeremiah, picked him up and commanded him to breathe that his lungs filled. Reuben struggles with debilitating asthma from then on, making him a boy who knows firsthand that life is a gift, and also one who suspects that his father is touched by God and can overturn the laws of nature. The quiet midwestern life of the Lands is upended when Davy, the oldest son, kills two marauders who have come to harm the family; unlike his father, he is not content to leave all matters of justice in God's hands. The morning of his sentencing, Davy – a hero to some, a cold-blooded murderer to others – escapes from his cell, and the Lands set out in search of him.

The Rosie Project, by Graeme C. Simsion

The Rosie Project
by Graeme C. Simsion

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Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.

Trials of the Earth: the True Story of a Pioneer Woman, by Mary M. Hamilton

Trials of the Earth: the True Story of a Pioneer Woman
by Mary M. Hamilton

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Near the end of her life, Mary Mann Hamilton (1866-1936) was encouraged to record her experiences as a female pioneer. The result is the only known firsthand account of a remarkable woman thrust into the center of taming the American South – surviving floods, tornadoes, and fires; facing bears, panthers, and snakes; managing a boardinghouse in Arkansas that was home to an eccentric group of settlers; and running a logging camp in Mississippi that blazed a trail for development in the Mississippi Delta. All this she tackled – and diligently wrote about in secrecy, in a diary that not even her family knew she kept – while caring for her children, several of whom didn't survive the perils of pioneer life. The extreme hard work and tragedy Hamilton faced are eclipsed only by her emotional and physical strength; her unwavering faith in her husband, Frank, a mysterious Englishman; and her tenacious sense of adventure. An early draft of Trials of the Earth was submitted to a writers' competition sponsored by Little, Brown in 1933. It didn't win, but now over over eighty years later, in partnership with Mary Mann Hamilton's descendants, here is an irreplaceable piece of American history.

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, by Leah Remini with Rebecca Paley

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
by Leah Remini with Rebecca Paley

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The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

Wish you Well, by David Baldacci

Wish you Well
by David Baldacci

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Precocious 12-year-old Louisa Mae Cardinal lives in the hectic New York City of 1940 with her family. Then tragedy strikes – and Lou and her younger brother, Oz, must go with their invalid mother to live on their great-grandmother's farm in the Virginia mountains. Suddenly Lou finds herself coming of age in a new landscape, making her first true friend, and experiencing adventures tragic, comic, and audacious. But the forces of greed and justice are about to clash over her new home…and as their struggle is played out in a crowded Virginia courtroom, it will determine the future of two children, an entire town, and the mountains they love.

As with all books your club selects, we recommend that a member of your group reads the book to see if it is a good fit for your club. To find out more about any selection, click "Check Library Catalog" below to view each CALS online catalog record. ** Please note: All book club kits must be checked out to an adult (18+) with a current, valid CALS library card.

Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl
by Eoin Colfer

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When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll. Book One of the Artemis Fowl series.

Ages 9-13

The Body of Christopher Creed, by Carol Plum-Ucci

The Body of Christopher Creed
by Carol Plum-Ucci

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Torey Adams, a high school junior with a seemingly perfect life, struggles with doubts and questions surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the class outcast.

Ages 13-18

Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins

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By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion. Book Two of the Hunger Games series.

Ages 13-18

The City of Ember, by Jeanne Duprau

The City of Ember
by Jeanne Duprau

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In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions. Book One of the Books of Ember series.

Ages 9-13

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal, by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal
by Jeff Kinney

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Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship. Book One of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Ages 9-13

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules, by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules
by Jeff Kinney

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Greg Heffley tells about his summer vacation and his attempts to steer clear of trouble when he returns to middle school and tries to keep his older brother Rodrick from telling everyone about Greg's most humiliating experience of the summer. Book Two of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Ages 9-13

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
by Jeff Kinney

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Middle-schooler Greg Heffley nimbly sidesteps his father's attempts to change Greg's wimpy ways until his father threatens to send him to military school. Book Three of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Ages 9-13

Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green

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Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

Ages 13-18

Gideon the Cutpurse, by Linda Buckley-Archer

Gideon the Cutpurse
by Linda Buckley-Archer

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Ignored by his father and sent to Derbyshire for the weekend, twelve-year-old Peter and his new friend, Kate, are accidentally transported back in time to 1763 England where they are befriended by a reformed cutpurse. Book One of the series.

Ages 9-13

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman

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An orphaned boy is raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

Ages 13-18

Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins

Gregor the Overlander
by Suzanne Collins

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When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy. Book One of the Underland Chronicles.

Ages 9-13

Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

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In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place. Book One of the Hunger Games series.

Ages 13-18

I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai

I am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai

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Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren't allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn't go to school. Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school. No one expected her to survive. Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke

Inkheart
by Cornelia Funke

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Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

Ages 9-13

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, by Wendy Mass

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
by Wendy Mass

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Just before his thirteenth birthday, Jeremy Fink receives a keyless locked box – set aside by his father before his death five years earlier – that purportedly contains the meaning of life.

Ages 9-13

The Magician's Elephant, by Kate DiCamillo

The Magician's Elephant
by Kate DiCamillo

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When ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene encounters a fortune teller in the marketplace one day and she tells him that his sister, who is presumed dead, is in fact alive, he embarks on a remarkable series of adventures as he desperately tries to find her.

Ages 9-13

Magyk, by Angie Sage

Magyk
by Angie Sage

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After learning that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412 – pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier. Book One of the Septimus Heap series.

Ages 9-13

The Merchant of Death, by D. MacHale

The Merchant of Death
by D. MacHale

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Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal and somewhat reluctant 14- year-old boy who is swept into an amazing five-year quest. Book One of the Pendragon series.

Ages 9-13

Olive's Ocean, by Kevin Henkes

Olive's Ocean
by Kevin Henkes

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On a summer visit to her grandmother's cottage by the ocean, twelve-year-old Martha gains perspective on the death of a classmate, on her relationship with her grandmother, on her feelings for an older boy, and on her plans to be a writer.

Ages 9-13

Paper Towns, by John Green

Paper Towns
by John Green

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Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificent Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life – summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge – he follows. When their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Margo has disappeared. But Q soon learns that there are clues – and they're for him. Embarking on an exhilarating adventure to find her, the closer Q gets, the less he sees the girl he thought he knew.

Peace, Locomotion, by Jacqueline Woodson

Peace, Locomotion
by Jacqueline Woodson

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Through letters to his little sister, who is living in a different foster home, sixth-grader Lonnie, also known as "Locomotion," keeps a record of their lives while they are apart, describing his own foster family, including his foster brother who returns home after losing a leg in the Iraq War.

Ages 9-13

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street , by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
by Jeanne Birdsall

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The four Penderwick sisters are faced with the unimaginable prospect of their widowed father dating, and they hatch a plot to stop him.

Ages 9-13

Saffy's Angel, by Hilary McKay

Saffy's Angel
by Hilary McKay

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After learning that she was adopted, thirteen-year-old Saffron's relationship with her eccentric, artistic family changes, until they help her go back to Italy where she was born to find a special memento of her past.

Ages 9-13

Salem Brownstone, by John Harris Dunning

Salem Brownstone
by John Harris Dunning

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Upon his father's death, Salem Brownstone inherits a mansion as well as an unfinished battle with creatures from another world, which requires him to seek the help of his guardian familiar and the colorful performers of Dr. Kinoshita's Circus of Unearthly Delights.

Ages 13-18

A Season of Gifts, by Richard Peck

A Season of Gifts
by Richard Peck

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Relates the surprising gifts bestowed on twelveyear-old Bob Barnhart and his family, who have recently moved to a small Illinois town in 1958, by their largerthan-life neighbor, Mrs. Dowdel. A companion novel to A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder.

Ages 9-13

Skeleton Man, by Joseph Bruchac

Skeleton Man
by Joseph Bruchac

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After her parents disappear and she is turned over to the care of a strange "great-uncle," Molly must rely on her dreams about an old Mohawk story for her safety and maybe even for her life.

Ages 9-13

Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson

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While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads them to a pirate's fortune.

Ages 13-18

We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart

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A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends – the Liars – whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead

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As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1970s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

Ages 9-13

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

Wonder
by R.J. Palacio

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Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

Ages 9-13

Zoobreak, by Gordon Korman

Zoobreak
by Gordon Korman

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After a class trip to a floating zoo where animals are mistreated and Savannah's missing pet monkey is found in a cage, Long Island sixth-grader Griffin Bing and his band of misfits plan a rescue.

Ages 9-13

As with all books your club selects, we recommend that a member of your group reads the book to see if it is a good fit for your club.To find out more about any selection, click on the title below to view the CALS online catalog record.

 

For more information:

Contact Jeannie Burrus by phone at 918-3032, or email bookclubkits@cals.org.